Our team of Contributors
Dr. Clayton Greenway, DVM
Dr. Greenway grew up in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc degree in 1999 and the Ontario Veterinary College in 2003. He spent 7 years in general practice in Toronto and then became a lead veterinarian with VetStrategy Inc.
Dr. Greenway has a passion for pet owners as much as their pets by helping them navigate through difficult medical situations while providing emotional support. To assist in this, he developed a popular call-in veterinary show on Toronto’s most popular talk radio station, Newstalk1010. Dr. Greenway lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife Sarah-Jane, their 3 kids, Adelaide, Ivy and Jack, and his 2 cats Bones and Buffy.
Dr. Kim Hester, DVM
Dr. Hester is originally from Milton, Ontario. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in 2009. She then completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, graduating with honours in 2013. Dr. Hester has appeared on CP24’s Animal House, and enjoys educating pet owners on all aspects of animal care and health.
Her professional areas of interest are always changing, but currently include dental and oral surgery, soft tissue surgery, canine breed-specific diseases, avian pathology and rabbit gastrointestinal disorders. Dr. Hester practices as an associate veterinarian at the Greenwood Park Animal Hospital in Toronto. She lives in Toronto with a small menagerie of pets, including a parakeet named Sprout, a dwarf rabbit named Bunneh, and a collie mix named Flash.
Dr. Ryan Llera, DVM
Dr. Llera graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006 and practiced in Florida for 3 years before moving to Chatham, Ontario in 2009. After relocating to Kingston, Ontario in 2011, he is now an associate at the Kingston Veterinary Clinic.
Experiences with his own pets and patients led him to start writing in order to help pet owners better understand what their pets might be going through and to help lessen the fear of going to see your family veterinarian.. He is also a regular contributor to the Ontario SPCA blog. In his spare time, Dr. Llera has become active in the sport of dog agility. Currently, he and his wife have 9 pets – 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 horses, and 1 rabbit: Taylor, Rudy, Keltie, Gremlin, Asia, Louie, Willie, Gus, and Henrietta round out their family!
Jeanne R. Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Credentialed as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Dentistry in 2006
Owner and facilitator of VT Dental Training which provides consulting and dentistry skills training for veterinary staff.
Adjunct instructor for the BAS VT program in dentistry at St Petersburg College.
Online instructor of dentistry courses at Vetmedteam.com.
Edited and published the book Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, published in 2012 by Wiley-Blackwell with a second edition being published in 2019 -2020.
From 2006 – 2015 dentistry technician at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists in Largo, FL and The Pet Dentist of Tampa Bay in Wesley Chapel, FL.
Founding member and former president of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians – A NAVTA Specialty Group which certifies, trains and mentors credentialed technicians to be specialists in dentistry.
MS Instructional Design and Technology Ashford University, San Diego, CA
A.A.S. Veterinary Technology Parkland College, Champaign, IL
BA Drew University, Madison, NJ
Adrienne A. Kruzer, RVT
A Registered Veterinary Technician in both Ohio and North Carolina, Adrienne has been licensed since 2007 and worked in various progressive exotic and small animal hospitals since 2004 prior to joining the veterinary industry world. In the hospitals, she worked in every role imaginable including management, anesthesia, the laboratory, employee training, and as an in-room technician with both board certified and general practice veterinarians. She developed an interest in educating, writing, and exploring complementary options for pets and their owners through her years in the hospitals and has focused her efforts on helping fellow technicians improve their own lives as well as the lives of the pets they care for. Adrienne has written for various online sources for almost a decade, has had articles published in the Finnish Herpetological Society and NAVTA Journals, and completed her level 2 Fear Free Certification. She regularly lectures to future technicians at vet tech colleges as well as current technicians around the country and is employed by an international veterinary supplement manufacturer where she can focus all her energy on helping pets get nutritional support and educating veterinary professionals. She also loves Pomeranians.
Dr. Ilana Smolkin, DVM
Dr. Smolkin grew up in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2003. She spent a year interning at a referral centre in Memphis, Tennessee studying internal medicine and oncology. She started working in general small animal practice at the Guelph Animal Hospital and became a part owner soon after.
She developed a passion for non-traditional medicine becoming certified with the College of Animal Chiropractors, trained in biotherapy, homotoxicology and western herbals with the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies, and studies osteopathy with Full Spectrum Canine Therapy. Dr. Smolkin lives in Guelph, Canada with her husband Carlos, her daughter Robyn, and her 2 cats and 2 dogs, Ella, Bennett, Mackenzie, and Nacho.
Nicole is a die-hard animal lover who has worked in pet care for years. She is a former vet technician, a dog mom to her two rescue pups, and she grew up living and working at her family’s pet boarding facility. She loves using her writing talents to share the insight she’s learned throughout her career in the hopes that her knowledge can help other pet parents out there!
Paul has over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry operating companies that develop innovative training and education programs in human health for diverse organizations. He has also been involved in a number of technology start-ups in the digital content and informatics fields. The love for his dog Scout led him to co-found healthcareforpets.com because he wanted to develop tools and resources to help other pet owners manage their pet’s health and wellbeing.
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